Veterinarians

Amanda Thomas

Dr. Amanda Thomas

Dr. Amanda Thomas obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 1988, pursuing a career in Business and Marketing with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.  She went on to complete her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.  She is dedicated to her life’s work – helping people and their pets- and feels privileged to be a part of their unique relationship and bond.

Early in Dr. Thomas’ career she designed, built and managed a large Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Billings, Montana, which she owned with her husband. This hospital served Yellowstone County and eight referring veterinary clinics within the region. It is now the largest veterinary hospital in Montana.

In 2008, she began volunteering time to the start up organization called World Vets (worldvets.org).  Traveling to developing countries in South and Central America, and in Eastern Europe, Dr. Thomas lead groups of veterinary students, and taught local veterinarians the techniques and skills needed to perform surgeries and provide medical care to animals in rural environments. This continues to be an interest and career endeavor of hers.

Now that Dr. Thomas calls Myrtle Beach her home, she has renovated a former dental office on 21st Avenue North and turned it into a the Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach. This exclusively small animal hospital offers clients and patients full service state of the art diagnostics, and high quality medical and surgical care.

“Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches” is Dr. Thomas’ Jack Russel Terrier to whom this veterinary practice is dedicated.

Dr. Dolly Anderson veterinarians

Dr. Dolly Anderson

Dr. Dolly Anderson is originally from the small community of Latta, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 2001, and in 2005 she graduated from Tuskegee University, in Alabama, with her Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Anderson has over 12 years of clinical experience in Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency care. Her strong suits include Diagnostics and Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery and Dentistry. She also excels in Preventative care and Emergency medicine. Her comprehensive focus on the patient, client education and wellness care makes her an excellent practitioner.

After living and working in Florence, SC, she is happy to bring her skills and expertise to the Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach. Dolly is married to Matt Anderson, with whom she has 3 children – Jack, Lily and Pierce. As a family, they enjoy boating, gardening and cooking.

Lori Boland

Dr. Lori Boland

Ever since she was a small child, Dr. Lori Boland knew that her life’s calling was to work with animals. She grew up in rural South Carolina in a small farming community. While attending undergraduate school, she started working part time for a local veterinarian, and immediately knew that this would be her life’s work. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston, Dr. Boland’s passion led her abroad where she received her veterinary degree from the University of London, Royal Veterinary College in 2001. Returning stateside, she pursued and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Referral Centre, Little Falls, NJ. She then traveled west to Colorado to enter private practice. While in Boulder Colorado, she developed a passion for an outdoor life style, which included hiking, rock climbing and skiing. Dr. Boland then headed further west and spent the next 11 years in Las Vegas, Nevada, expanding her skill set and range of experience, and even completed 7 triathlons.

Dr. Boland’s top priority is providing high quality, compassionate veterinary medical care for all of her clients and patients. She is a firm believer in preventative care and quality of life. Dr. Boland’s keen understanding of the profound and lasting bond between pets and their owners is boundless. Her expertise lies in Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Dentistry.

Dr. Boland and her husband, Rick, are happy to have relocated to Myrtle Beach to be closer to family and have fallen in love with beach life. When not working, she can be found enjoying both road and mountain biking, swimming, yoga, music, practicing the bass guitar, and of course, the beach!

Dr. Laura Cain

Dr. Laura Cain

Dr. Laura Cain grew up in a rural area of South Carolina. At a young age she became involved in the care of animals and, taking advantage of those opportunities, by her senior year of high school she was already on the Board of Directors at her local Humane Society. This early experience led her to a strong conviction that she should pursue a career as a veterinarian. To further this goal, Dr. Cain traveled west to the University of Wyoming where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science. Immediately after graduation, she enrolled in St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine upon completion of her fourth year of doctoral schooling at Washington State University.

Dr. Cain first practiced veterinary medicine in Florida for approximately three years prior to moving back to South Carolina to practice closer to family. Thankfully, in 2019 Dr. Cain came to us as a relief veterinarian; she loved it so much she never left!

When not at the clinic Laura enjoys being outdoors, paddle boarding, biking, hiking (ask her about base camp in Mount Everest!), skiing or being loved by her three rescue dogs: a German Shepherd named Chloe, a Coton de Tulear named George, and a Chinese crested mix named Oliver.

Alexi Grant

Alexi Grant, Hospital Manager, LVT

Alexi graduated from Bradford College in Columbus, Ohio with a Veterinary Technology degree in 2010. Wanting to get away from the cold weather, she decided to move to Myrtle Beach to pursue her career. Once in South Carolina, she passed her state license exam, and has been working in the field for 9 years. Being the Hospital Manager, she oversees all the employees and makes sure every client has the best customer service for their pet. She is excited to be working with the best of the best where new ideas are welcome and the equipment and procedures are state of the art. Alexi spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her son, Brayden. They spend their days at the beach and recreational parks around the area.

Pamela Plokhooy

Pamella Plokhooy, Boarding Manager

Pamella grew up in Garfield, NJ with her four older brothers. She started work in the veterinary field when her pet’s veterinarian asked her to come work for him at the Hackensack Animal Hospital. She agreed and stayed for 14 years. Now she calls Myrtle Beach her home and is thrilled to be part of VCMB. When she’s not working, she enjoys being at home with her house pets, or at the barn tending to her Palomino Quarter Horse, Cushla Macree. She also enjoys watching New York Yankees baseball, cheering on the Carolina Panthers, slugging at the softball batting cages, and cruising on her motorcycle.

Betsy Ciprich

Betsy Ciprich, Boarding Attendant

In 2015 Betsy moved from Pensylvania to the beach with her husband Toby and their 2 feline friends, Cordelia and Hermione. After many years in retail, she needed a change. She has always had a passion to work with dogs and cats for a long time. So she started her career at a doggy daycare and boarding facility. After 2 years at the facility, she joined VCMB to further her career.

Betsy and Toby have since adopted their hound mix, Ranger, to add to their family. She takes pride in caring for everyone’s fur babies and treating each one like her own.

Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons, Boarding Attendant/Inventory Lead

Steve was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. He graduated from Pomoperang High School and attended Quinnipuac University. Steve then joined the United States Armed Forces and eventually worked for helicopter support at subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft. He eventually migrated to Myrtle Beach and is now pursuing a career at VCMB. He has one feline companion at home, he calls Hoobs.

Kevin Johnsen

Kevin Johnsen, Head Out-Patient Veterinary Technician

Kevin is originally from Chicago, where he spent most his life. In 2011, he moved to Georgia for a degree in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technician. He always has had a love for animals but hadn’t realized his passion for working with them until he worked at a county shelter as a Veterinary Technician. That job steered him to further his career with animals and veterinary medicine. For a short time, he moved back to Chicago to be close to family. While he was home, he gained more experience at a private shelter. In August 2017, he and his family needed a change and moved to the beach. He is excited to be furthering his skills here at VCMB.

Zhara Hall

Zhara Hall, Auditor and Veterinary Technician

Raised in Conway, and a Myrtle Beach high School graduate, Zhara is a true local to the Horry county area. She went to Spartanburg Methodist College but the beach called her back. There was never a question that Zhara was born with a deep love for all animals. At 14 years old, she was volunteering at local animal shelters. By 19, Zhara had her first job at an animal hospital, with a special interest in critical care and surgery. Her life is run by her three pets – a french bulldog, Mabel, a pitbull, Maverick, and a tabby cat, Helen. During her time off she enjoys hunting for shark teeth at the beach or sightseeing in Southport, NC.

Kayla Rice

Kayla Rice, Client Service Coordinator

Kayla is from Rock Hill, SC but transplanted to Oregon when she was 10 years old. She volunteered at a shelter for about eight years before moving back to Rock Hill in 2012. She started her career with animals working at a dog daycare and boarding facility for 3 years. In October of 2017, she moved to Myrtle Beach where she furthered her career working at the veterinary clinic. Her greatest passion is working with animals, and she is happy to be pursuing this with her job every day. She is grateful for the opportunity of becoming a boarding assistant, which is incredibly rewarding. She has a full house of rescues ranging from a husky, two small mix breed pups and two cats. In her free time, she absolutely loves exploring her new city she calls home!

Martinne Ingram

Martinne Ingram, Client Service Coordinator

Martinne is originally from Ipswich, England. She moved to Myrtle Beach in 2003 with her family. She has worked since 2013 in the animal industry, with a variety of experience from emergency, managing a grooming salon and has her own pet sitting business. When she is not pampering everyone’s pets, you can find her at the beach or hiking in the mountains. Other activities she enjoys are: watching football (Go Ravens), reading, cooking, and working out.

Jackie Bidle, Human Resources

Originally from New Jersey, Jackie has been calling Myrtle Beach her home for the last 20 years. Her experiences have taken her from kennel management, to front of the office manager and now to calling the Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach her new home. With a daughter away studying at Clemson University, Jackie enjoys time with her dog “Jake” and wild life photography.

Leah Liberty

Leah Liberty,Head In-Patient Leader, LVT

Leah is originally from New Jersey where she had lived most of her life. She discovered a love for animals and started as a kennel technician at an emergency practice in 2015. From there she started Veterinary Technician school at Camden County College, got her associates degree in Veterinary Technology and moved up in her job to be a Veterinary Technician. Her schooling sparked her to want to pursue large animal care and she went to a mixed animal practice. She has worked with everything from pigs to goats, and horses. In November of 2018 she moved to South Carolina with her dog, 2 cats, and 3 rats. She has since earned her CVT and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is excited to see what a fresh start in South Carolina will bring for her and her career.

Samantha Kocher

Samantha Kocher CVT, LVT – Reception Manager

Sam recently moved to Myrtle Beach to get away from the harsh winters of Pennsylvania. She grew up on a horse farm where her love for animals started. She attended Lehigh Carbon Community College for Veterinary Technology, graduating in 2009 with honors and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been in the veterinary field ever since working in large animal, small animal, and pharmaceuticals. When not working, Sam enjoys spending time with friends, family, and tending to her fur family which consists of 3 horses, 2 goats, 2 dogs, and 5 cats.

Jamie Ewing

Jamie Houghtling, Veterinary Assistant

Jamie moved to the Myrtle Beach area from Stow, OH with her family. She began working in kennels 3 years ago and loved getting to work with animals every day. Her passion drove her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She is currently working towards her A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology and gaining valuable experience as a Veterinary Assistant. She enjoys spending her weekends outdoors with her husband, Zach, and their two dogs, Bonnie and Bentley.

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Laura Perneski, Office Assistant

After a long career in the corporate world, and a second career in real estate, Laura is happy to be part of the Vet Clinic Team. Having volunteered in animal rescue for many years, she enjoys seeing caring owners give their pets the best life possible. Laura helps out as needed in a variety of administrative tasks at the clinic.

Originally a Jersey Girl, Laura has lived in Myrtle Beach for 18 years. During that time three stray dogs have walked into her life, making life wonderful. Jesse is 8, and Sasha 15, enjoy hiking and camping with Laura all over the East Coast. All three of them love the great outdoors together.

Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach

The Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach is a Myrtle Beach veterinary clinic that provides routine services, surgical services, and emergency services for all types of pets along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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